This will be unpopular.
I am a huge fan of your games. I became a fan through Neverwinter Nights, I adore the Dragon Age series and the Mass Effect trilogy, and if I had money to spend on games I’d likely get into Star Wars as well. I love your worlds, the writing and plots, and most of all the believability of the characters. It is with that love that I write this today.
I have seen an awful lot of posts from fans demanding that DA3 include homosexual romances for all love interests. I implore you that you do not do this.
The believability of your characters drives the games and makes them beautiful, and within that believability there must be a romantic standard set by the characters.
This was done beautifully in Dragon Age: Origins and the Mass Effect games. You would expect Alastair to be straight because he was raised in the Chantry and it suites his world view. You would expect Zevran to not care because he’s very open with his love, he loves everyone (especially those as good looking as my warden) so it meshes well with his personality. In Mass Effect all the characters had a romantic profile that made sense with who they were, and while it was annoying playing a Femshep through 3 and finding you have two options by that point if you hadn’t cultivated a partner in 1 or 2, it made sense. Despite the frustration, I thank you for it.
In Dragon Age 2 I took one look at Anders and decided he had to be bi, and when he opened his mouth it just solidified that. Isabella is much like Zevran- free and open and completely unrepentant of it so naturally she’d be bi. However, Sebastian being the only romantic interest who was strictly one way (in this case straight) bothered me. It didn’t make sense that Merril or Fenris would be OK with homosexuality, their personalities just didn’t quite work with it. We don’t know the elven specific views on homosexuality, but with Fenris he was raised knowing the Qun, a religion/lifestyle that is so strict, traditional, and unforgiving that there is no way it allows for homosexuality, so why can he be romanced by a male Hawke? Conversely we find out in DA2 that Anders was with a man, so why is he bi and not strictly gay? (I’m completely ignoring Anders from Awakening because his personality changed so dramatically between Awakening and 2) Again the personality meshing seems a bit off…
So I ask you to, instead of bending to the will of the community, stick to what makes sense. Make strictly straight or strictly gay characters, have characters that could do either, but make sure that it works with their personalities. If you want your characters to be as believable as the person sitting next to you, make sure that their personalities endure through their romantic profile.
Thank you, and know that the second that DA:Inquisition is available for preorder, I’m giving you my money XD
EDIT: I want to address this en masse instead of individually. I am not homo or biphobic in any sense. I have many bi and homo friends, and they are all great people. I never once insinuated that there should be no homo or bi options, I’ve only stated that the romance profile of each character should fit their character paradigm. Many have stated that each character being bi is for the sake of player choice. My rebuttal is that despite your sexual preference diversity is a part of life. If you are gay and you’re sitting next to someone of the same sex that you’re attracted to, that doesn’t mean that the person next to you is gay. No matter how much you will it that person either will or will not be attracted to you because people have their individual preferences. Allow that diversity to flourish in a game to create immersion rather than smothering the immersion in favor of player ease. If you want to romance someone who does not have the gender preference you desire, download a mod. Or replay with another character of the proper gender. It’s probably enough of a good game to warrant another play through, so why not?